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Push for more bus drivers in Lee County

Posted at 7:27 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 07:31:22-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County School District needs more bus drivers so they may change one the requirements all so more people apply for the job.

Right now, to be a bus driver in Lee County, you need to have a high school diploma.

But in an effort to recruit more bus drivers, there’s been a request for the school board to get rid of that requirement. The requirement would be waived from June 27 through February 26, 2020.

That proposal said it would be no cost to the district and wouldn't impact student safety but it would help the county’s bus driver shortage.

It's believed that removing that requirement would encourage more people to apply. Right now, applicants are required to pass four written exams to obtain the needed commercial driver’s license.

Bus drivers also have to pass the exams to continue on to the school district’s training course.

The board will vote on this proposal during Tuesday night’s school board meeting at the district’s headquarters.